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WhatsApp & FaceTime in Dubai

Dublin
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WhatsApp & FaceTime in Dubai

Hi,

Is it possible to send WhatsApp messages and make calls via WhatsApp on WiFi in Dubai (European sim)? Same question for FaceTime? Traveling next week.

Many thanks!

28 replies to this topic
Abu Dhabi
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1. Re: WhatsApp & FaceTime in Dubai

FaceTime no. WhatsApp you can message, but no calls. Skype is also not working.

Brighton, United...
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2. Re: WhatsApp & FaceTime in Dubai

I made what's app calls and video calls no problem when I was in dubai in January. FaceTime didn't work.

Dubai
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3. Re: WhatsApp & FaceTime in Dubai

calls on WhatsApp, face time and skype currently not working unless you run it over a VPN

Colchester, United...
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4. Re: WhatsApp & FaceTime in Dubai

What's a VPN Blighty? Friends that I am going with at the end of the months have kids and want to 'see' them while we are away & I was wondering if it was possible

Here and there
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for Dubai, Pissouri, Protaras, Paphos, Limassol, Cyprus
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5. Re: WhatsApp & FaceTime in Dubai

VPNs are illegal in Dubai so maybe stick to FB messenger or what's app

Colchester, United...
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6. Re: WhatsApp & FaceTime in Dubai

Thanks Latimer :O) x

Dublin
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7. Re: WhatsApp & FaceTime in Dubai

Thanks everyone for your replies, much appreciated! I assume Viber calls aren’t allowed either?

Dubai, United Arab...
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8. Re: WhatsApp & FaceTime in Dubai

Viber not working here either

Dubai
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9. Re: WhatsApp & FaceTime in Dubai

VPN's are not illegal in the UAE if used for legal purposes, many businesses use them as a standard. VPN is Virtual Private Network. A google search will give you a list of providers, although you can download some within the UAE it is simpler to load on your device before you arrive.

gulfnews.com/news/uae/crime/using-vpns-what-…

United Kingdom
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10. Re: WhatsApp & FaceTime in Dubai

I can understand the official stance on VPN's but what is wrong with Skype or Whatsapp calls? Are there any alternatives to Skype that are acceptable?

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